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Auburn High confident heading into playoffs

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AUBURN, Ala. -

The Auburn High Tigers have been playing great football since their only loss to Smiths Station. And that one blemish still inspires them.

"It really humbled us and brought us closer as a group," said cornerback and wide receiver Blaise Taylor. "It made us work that little bit extra hard just to get to where we don't have to feel that anymore. Nobody wants to lose again. We just keep fighting and working everyday to avoid feeling like we felt after Smiths Station."

This senior led team is confident that a state title is within reach.

"We've got 33 seniors and we've been in the playoffs every year," said head coach Tim Carter. "This is familiar territory. We've never been able to win a state championship. We've been very successful in the playoffs and won a lot games. You like having that factor in your favor going into the playoffs."

"Our approach is: it is win or go home basically," said cornerback Antreal Allen. "This is all we have been working for. I'm not trying to go home. I'm trying to make It to the big show my senior year."

Winning the region gave the Tigers the great advantage of playing at home, and potentially doing it a lot.

These Tigers have plenty of playoff experience. When the brackets came out for these playoffs, they liked what they saw.

"I knew it would be favorable because we are in the bottom half of the bracket. That means when two home teams win, we get the home game. Conceivably, we could have all four games at home if we are able to win and advance," Carter said.

Practice is intense for Auburn because the seniors know their time together is ending. And they are playing for each other.

"You just have to leave it all out there and leave it all on the line knowing this might be the last chance you have to strap it on with your high school friends," said Taylor

"We are very close. We have been playing together since 7th grade. It is like a brotherhood," said Allen.

Dayne Young

Dayne is a sports anchor and reporter for WRBL. He started covering the Chattahoochee Valley in September 2012. More>>

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